Waterfront House Lyttelton Port Company
Waterfront House, the new headquarters for Lyttelton Port Company was designed to co-locate administration and port staff, from two previously separate locations. The new building has facilitated a cultural shift, and created a hub which celebrates respect and encourages a sense of ownership amongststaff.
With most administration staff working traditional office hours, and port staff working shifts 24/7-365, consideration was given to accommodate two distinct work groups into a unified workplace. The design team worked in conjunction with LPC to assess numerous workstyles and settings, ensuring operational and cultural objectives were met. The resulting communal, workspace and secure spaces encourage collegiality while also supporting the unique operationalrequirements.
The working port environment plays a significant role in the design, influencing everything from the structural expression of the mixer stair to the design of key joinery items, creating a building which is at one with its environment and builds upon the history of the port and its people. Honest, robust finishes such as concrete, steel and reclaimed timber provide a unique character and resilience that is both inviting and practical for the 500 plus portstaff.